Hairstyles and identity

“‘Their camels will become plunder, and their many cattle for booty, and I will scatter to all the winds those who cut the corners of their hair; and I will bring their disaster from every side,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 49:32 NASV).

It is not news to many that people’s styles and habits differ from region to region, even in the same country. This is even truer as one gets further from home and in different nations and even continents. Continue reading “Hairstyles and identity”

The idolatry of tradition

Why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3).

The distinction between law and tradition in religion is a perpetual struggle. My feeble attempt to illustrate my understanding is not without flaw, but I hope it will be of some help.

A law is something with a definitive boundary. You can put a circle around it. If something is authorized by God, then it is law. To make no attempt to conduct oneself inside that circle is to sin. To draw a new circle and do something different is to sin. To function within that circle, but with the wrong attitude, is to sin.


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